ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Nonclinical process improvement
The article discusses Toyota's four rules for effective work design and explains how physicians can apply these rules in their practices to solve problems and improve workflow.
The author, a TransforMed research analyst, will describe things she observed during her visits to the TransforMed demonstration practices. The article will be structured as a "walk around the office" to see things through your patients' eyes that can be addressed easily and cheaply to improve your practice.
The author shares principles that she learned as a medical student and resident in the military health system -- principles that have contributed to the success of her civilian practice.
Without it, practice transformation and optimal outcomes will be difficult to achieve.
The authors identify the typical two-layer organization of medical practices (with doctors and support staff functioning almost as separate organizations with separate missions) as a major impediment to the development of true patient-centered medical homes. They go on to propose strategies for overcoming the duality.
Progress is never free, and it isn't all it's cracked up to be.
The article will describe how a large primary care clinic redesigned its processes and improved its quality, patient satisfaction and viability.
The author describes strategies that both participants and leaders can use to make meetings more efficient and effective.
Family physicians must actively manage the relationships between patients, consultants and themselves. This article examines ways to improve communication in referrals and provide better patient care in the process.
You don't need a phone booth for a changing room.